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Japan Winter Tour, 14 days

 On this trip we visit the largest island of Japan, Honshu, during the winter months with the most snowfall. In addition to other absolute must sees, such as the capital Tokyo and the Kyoto temples, you can visit special places such as Hakone, Kanazawa and Shirakawago. In Hakone you can see the snow-capped Mt. Fuji and in Kanazawa you can visit one of the three most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan. Between the mountains in the Japanese Alps is the cap Shirakawago where the old wooden houses are specifically designed to withstand the heavy snowfall. From Nagano, known for the winter games of 1998, we make an excursion to the famous snow monkeys. In Kyoto you will find, among other things, the famous Golden Pavilion and the beautiful streets of the Gion and Higashiyama districts. The journey ends in the lively city of Osaka.

Join our international groups with active travelers, of all ages. Most will come from Holland and Belgium, but you will find they have an excellent command of English. Your tour leader addresses the group in Dutch and English. Our skilled land crew have worked with Djoser for many years and make sure things run smoothly.

There is ample time for group exploration. Count on lots of walking. But sometimes, it is great to be able to break off and explore on your own. Your guide can make some great suggestions.

Join us for unforgettable cultural, nature and local experiences!

Itinerary

  1. Tokyo
  2. Tokyo
  3. Tokyo
  4. Tokyo - Hakone
  5. Hakone
  6. Hakone - Nagano
  7. Nagano - Excursion of snow monkeys
  8. Nagano - Kanazawa
  9. Kanazawa - Shirakawago - Takayama
  10. Takayama - Kyoto
  11. Kyoto
  12. Kyoto
  13. Kyoto - Osaka
  14. Osaka

Day by day

 On the Road with Djoser

Djoser's active journeys offer an ideal balance of guidance and freedom. Our guide-assisted adventures cover the globe and feature wildlife, beautiful natural settings, historic sights and authentic cultural experiences. During Djoser travels, the daily schedule is not rigidly set.

The day-to-day descriptions describe the anticipated, or possible daily activities. Our travel days are obviously fixed, but each day the program may deviate depending on the preferences of the group, in consultation with the tour leader. The tour guide offers a program daily, with planned excursions. You are never obligated to participate. Those who desire more freedom may go out exploring or may dine on their own. Your tour leader can offer suggestions for safe explorations and fun restaurants. You will find that Djoser participants will take advantage of this flexibility. We believe a sense of discovery is an integral element of a great trip.

We offer the land program only. Below, you will find the day-to-day description days numbered to correspond with that of the Dutch participants (which includes their transit days from/to Amsterdam). This is so that when you are traveling and refer to this day-to-day description, all travelers will be “on the same page” or the same day number.

Dates and prices

Departure dates 2019

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Jan-20-19
Guaranteed leave
Feb-02-19$3,1307 seatsbook now >

Departure dates 2020

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Jan-19-20Feb-01-20$3,26020 seatsbook now >
Jan-26-20Feb-08-20$3,26020 seatsbook now >
Feb-02-20Feb-15-20$3,13020 seatsbook now >

Conditions "Guaranteed leave"

Price includes

  • Land package
  • Transport by 'bullet train' Shinkansen, train, metro and bus
  • Dutch travel guide (speaks English and Dutch)
  • Hotel rooms with private bathroom
  • Overnight in a traditional ryokan
  • Traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast in the ryokan
  • Excursion of snow monkeys at Nagoya
  • Excursion Shirakawago, back in time in the Japanese Alps

Price excludes

 Excluded in our Japan tour package: international flights from/to United States, meals, and optional excursions, entrance fees if not specifically named as included, visa(if applicable), exit taxes (if applicable), tips, personal expenses, travel insurance, airport transfers at arrival & departure.

Group trip dates denoted with the green "G" have enough to for a "GO" 

The dates you see listed in our group tours that are marked with a green "G" as they have enough enrollment for a GO. There are unforseen circumstances that might cause a trip to be canceled, such as participant cancellations or natural disaster, for example.  Djoser is not responsible for costs for flight changes or cancellations if a trip must be cancelled for these or other reasons. For this reason, it is important that you secure travel insurance from a travel insurance provider. 

Cost Overview

 Payment Schedule 

  • Deposit is due upon booking to hold your place
  • 20% of total costs due (or $500 minimum) 
  • Payments by charge card or check accepted
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date. 

USEFUL WEBSITES

Weather:   http://worldweather.wmo.int/en/home.html

Consulate List:   http://www.state.gov/misc/list/index.htm

Passport/Visa Expeditor:   TRAVISA   http://www.travisa.com/

Travel Insurance Quote:  TRAVELEX 1-800-228-9792  http://www.travelexinsurance.com/quote/?nc=1  

Currency Conversion Cheat Sheet : http://www.oanda.com/currency/travel-exchange-rates

Practical information

Accommodations & Meals

 The hotels we stay in during the trip are comfortable tourist class hotels that are centrally located. They feature all modern amenities and a private bathroom. The staff is extremely service-conscious according to Japanese tradition.

In Takayama we spend the night in a ryokan. Traditional rooms have tatami mats made of rice straw. You sleep on a Japanese futon (thin mattress) or one in a bed (subject to availability). The included dinner consists of Kyoto-style Hida kaiseki. There are many small, beautifully presented snacks that reflect the region and the season. The breakfast is also traditional Japanese. The ryokan has several baths that guests can use.


Tokyo Sunshine City Prince Hotel
Hakone Hotel Kagetsuen
Nagano Nagano Tokyu REI Hotel
Kanazawa Hotel Route Inn Kanazawa ekimae
Takayama Hoshokaku
Kyoto El Inn Kyoto
Osaka Hotel Plaza Osaka

Single room - Djoser is single friendly! If you are traveling solo, we will match you with a same-sex roommate. If we cannot match you, there will be no additional room charge. For a reasonable charge, you may request single accommodations, subject to availability. Just indicate this preference on your booking form. You will find pricing for single accommodations on "Dates & Prices" page.

Hotel extensions

t is always great to be well rested when you begin a journey such as this. If you would like to book an extension hotel night upon arrival in the city where the land program begins, let us know on your booking form. You will find the prices for extension nights listed on the "Dates & Prices" page.

Meals –

During the Japan tour you can decide where, with whom and what you want to eat. Of course you can eat with the group, but you are free to dine on your own. The meals are therefore not included in the trip (except dinner and breakfast in Koyasan). The tour guide will give you tips for a good restaurant, café or suggestions and for entertainment. Japan is a paradise fine food lovers. The variety is huge. Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe have over 500 restaurants with one or more Michelin stars. The food in the less upscale restaurants is of course delicious and high quality, and very affordable! Tokyo alone has more than 160,000 eateries!
If you like fish, you'll be happy in Japan. Usually you get a huge bowl, richly filled with all kinds of delicacies from the ocean. You will be surprised by the number of Japanese sushi bars with delicious fresh sushi and sashimi. Also in many big stores you can get your delicious fresh sushi or a complete Bento bo the typical Japanese lunch box with small boxes with different dishes. Other classic dishes are Shabu-shabu; two bowls with vegetables and meat that you cook yourself at the table in hot oil and Tempura dishes;breaded and fried vegetables and shrimp. You will also come across yakitori; chicken on a skewer marinated in a sweet sauce. You can also find other delicious dishes such as Udon, Ramen, Tonkatsu, Kobe steak, Sukiyaki, Okonomiyaki etc. etc. The Japanese cuisine is one of the most diverse in the world. With almost every meal free green tea and water are provided. There are also plenty of western style restaurants to choose from. including pizza, pasta, burgers or French cuisine.

Flights & Transportation

 Booking your international flight - We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. We do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada. The land program will begin approximately two hours after the arrival of the Netherlands (NL) participants who will be arrive from Amsterdam. The land program will end about 4 hours prior to their scheduled departure time, which allows for time to get to the airport. The proposed flights for the Dutch participants and the land beginning and end times are listed in this section. They are subject to change based on flight delays or changes. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip. When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind:

Dutch participants' proposed flights: (subject to change)
Airline: Lufthansa
NL participants arrive: Tokyo   12:15 PM
NL participants depart: Osaka 10:05 AM

Before you book your flight - To avoid flight change or cancellation costs get email confirmation from our office that the trip has enough participants to be a “GO”.

Verify the spelling of your name-within 24 hours - When you book your flights, double check your flight records to confirm that your name is spelled on your ticket exactly as it appears on your passport. Some companies (for example, ORBITZ) will only allow a 24 hour window to correct any errors without penalty. You may incur heavy fees for changes, forfeiture of your flight ticket, or even worse, you could be denied entry to a border upon arrival.

Send us a copy of your flight itinerary - We will forward to the tour leader so they will know when to expect you at the hotel and when you will be departing.

Keep in mind hotel extensions - If the Dutch travelers arrive early in the morning, we recommend that you arrange to fly in the day or night before so you will be meet the group. Some trips involve an immediate transfer from airport to the next town so make sure you will arrive before the others so you don’t miss the first meeting or transfer to the next location. We can arrange an extension hotel night for you. Prices for hotel extensions can be found in the "Dates & Prices"  section

If the Dutch participants arrive in the late evening - Should they arrive very late in the evening, the group will have their first meeting in the morning in the hotel lobby. You can check in earlier and relax or explore on your own.

Airport transfer to/from hotel – not Included - If you will be arriving and or departing on the same flight as the Dutch travelers let us know. Then you can join them on the bus for the group transfer at no additional charge. Notify us in advance so we can alert the tour leader. If you schedule your flight at the same time as theirs, or later, you can join them on the group transfer to the airport at no additional charge. Otherwise, you can take an authorized taxi to the first hotel on the list we have provided for you. Private airport transfers can be very costly . If your flight is delayed, they are difficult to reschedule or cancel. With a taxi, you are not charged for waiting time or cancellations.

Useful Links for booking your flights
Orbitz.com
Expedia.com
Kayak.com

Local transportation -  In Japan we travel mostly by train. These time-saving trains leave more time for the many highlights that Japan has to offer. The train in Japan is very punctual and runs normally to the exact second. Traveling with the Japanese is a cultural experience in itself. What is striking is that the train is not wired, and you find many sleeping passengers. At various routes we use the most modern and fast Shinkansen bullet train. These very comfortable trains have excellent service on board and the beautiful cars offer ample opportunity to view the beautiful and varied region. Two legs will be covered by bus, between Tokyo and Matsumoto and between Matsumoto and Takayama we travel by train or bus to the hotel (a short distance from the station). Between Hiroshima and the island of Miyajima we travel by ferry. On the route to and from Koyasan is by train, over a short distance. We also take a bus and a funicular.

Money Matters

  A summary of all trip costs can be found on our "Dates & Prices" page. Prices may fluctuate throughout the year depending on currency exchange, gas costs, etc.

Included in price of our Japan tour package



When you book a trip

Deposit of 20% of the minimum land price due upon booking
Payments by charge card or check are accepted
Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date

While you are traveling

In your pre-trip information we will send you more information about money matters such as information about local currencies, charge cards, ATM’s, currency exchange, etc.

Local Currency : Yen
Cash accepted: Yen. Easy exchange at hotels
ATMs: Widely available 
Credit Cards: Accepted most places

Tipping - It is customary to tip for services rendered. The tour leader will organize a tip jar at the beginning of the trip, from which tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff are paid. Depending on the size of the group, each participant will be asked to contribute $40 to $50. This does not include a tip for your tour leader. Tipping the tour leader is appreciated and the amount up to your discretion.

** You will find a list of all trip costs in the "Dates & Prices" section, including your estimated out of pocket costs.

Included in our cost:

  • Land package
  • Transport by 'bullet train' Shinkansen, train, metro and bus
  • Dutch travel guide (speaks English and Dutch)
  • Hotel rooms with private bathroom
  • Overnight in a traditional ryokan
  • Traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast in the ryokan
  • Excursion of snow monkeys at Nagoya
  • Excursion Shirakawago, back in time in the Japanese Alps

Excludes

Excluded in our Japan tour package: international flights from/to United States, meals, and optional excursions, entrance fees if not specifically named as included, visa(if applicable), exit taxes (if applicable), tips, personal expenses, travel insurance, airport transfers at arrival & departure.

Payment Schedule 

  • Deposit is due upon booking to hold your place
  • 20% of total costs due (or $500 minimum) 
  • Payments by charge card or check accepted
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date. 
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Excursions

 Freedom and choice are important elements of a Djoser trip. In addition to scheduled group activities, wherever possible, you may decide which attractions you wish to visit, and with whom. Unless otherwise indicated, entrance fees are not included in the price, so you have the freedom to make your own choices. One person may prefer to stroll through the market in search of bargains, while someone else may want to relax by the pool, go to a museum, or take a bike ride. Join the guide or break off with others in the group to explore on foot or with the local transport. Some attractions should not be missed, or they are not easily accessible, or are en route to our next overnight location and are therefore built into the program. In the "Dates & Prices" section you will find the estimated out-of-pocket, weekly expenses that have calculated in typical entry fees in addition to meals and other costs.

During our Japan group tour, the following excursions are included in the program:

  • From Nagano we make an excursion to the famous snow monkeys sitting in the warm water
  • Excursion to the unique Shirakawago: traditional houses in the snow

In addition, there are several other attractions to visit, some of which are even free, such as:

In Tokyo there are too many possibilities to mention, but two (free) sights that are certainly worth a visit are the Meiji temple and the Shibuya district, full of youth culture.

  • From Tokyo you can make a day trip to Kamakura, in the 13th century the imperial capital of Japan. In Kamakura there are beautiful temples in the wooded hills.
  • The open-air museum Hida no Sato is located on the outskirts of Takayama and is well worth a visit. You will find original wooden houses and workshops from the area.
    In Kyoto there is an abundance of special temples and gardens of which you must visit some, such as the Golden and Silver temple.
    From Kyoto or Osaka you can go to Nara, another former capital of Japan. Here you will find, among other things, the Todai-ji, the largest wooden building in the world.
  • In Osaka you can visit the world-famous aquarium and castle.

Many other excursions are possible on the spot. From Tokyo you can make a day trip to Nikko. One of the most beautiful temple cities in Japan.

From Nagano you can go skiing in the Hakuba ski area, which is about an hour away by bus from Nagano. You will miss the excursion to the snow monkeys.

Travel Documents

 When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip. 


Travel documents need
Japan tourist visa needed - NO   Consulate link

Visa expeditor - If you are anxious about the visa process, or if you are short of time, you can pay an additional fee for an expediting service. They will look over your paperwork and should be able to guaranty a swift return of your visa or passport. We can recommend TRAVISA. 

Health Issues & Insurance

 Health - Check for the Center for Disease Control – Travelers information for recommendations. Keep in mind that they may recommend an inoculation or medication such as malaria pills, which may be necessary for one specific part of a country but not another, or for a particular season. Shots are expensive. Make sure to get only what is needed. We recommend asking your doctor for a prescription to combat a more serious intestinal disorder.

When you book a trip we will provide you with information regarding the usual recommendations for the region we will visit. You will be responsible to check with your travel clinic or physician to review your plans and to find out the most up-to-date recommendations and needs for your particular situation. Plan to get your inoculations four to six weeks in advance of your trip. Some offices may need to preorder the medicines so call in advance.It is wise to pay careful attention to what you eat. Also, we recommend you bring medicines such as pain-killer and for remedy for intestinal disorders (such as IMMODIUM). Bring a small first aid kit. Tweezers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, insect repellent , salt rehydration tablets. The tour leader will have a first aid kit. 

Climate and altitude changes can sometimes cause illness. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Bottled water is readily available. Excessive alcohol intake contributes to dehydration and makes you more vulnerable to illness. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and enough food and drink during the trip.

For a tour of Japan, you do not need vaccinations. The hygienic conditions are similar to those in the States and so there is no increased risk of illness. Of course, it is wise to keep in your own bag a little "travel pharmacy 'with some bandages, aspirin, betadine / iodine, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, etc. pack

Insurance - For piece of mind, we recommend that you procure travel insurance. In the event of an illness or injury, an emergency evacuation can be incredibly expensive and you would want access to the best possible facility. Also, lost baggage or missed flights can mean added expenses, Even events at home may prevent you from taking a trip, such as a lost job or ailing family member. It is important to get travel insurance immediately after booking. Most companies have a brief window (within 10 days of booking) for coverage for a preexisting condition. You will be asked to provide us with travel insurance contact information before your departure.

You are free to choose your own provider. Over the years, we have recommended TRAVELEX. They offer a variety of plans and most importantly, they are responsive. Should you choose to go with TRAVELEX, you will contact them directly and the cost of your coverage will depend on the plan you choose. The cost will be based over the total cost of your trip and flights, and the amount is also subject to your age. Ask about the TRAVEL PLUS plan and the more economical TRAVEL LITE plan. * Arrange for insurance immediately after booking your trip so that you are covered for any pre-existing situation. TRAVELEX 1-800-228-9792

Group Composition

 Djoser travelers are active, enthusiastic travelers of all ages. Join an international group with travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium and North America, who will be the minority group on these trips. Most of our trips range from a minimum of eight participants to a maximum of 20 or 22. You will find couple and singles on our trips. Feel free to call us if you wish to know the demographic make-up of a particular trips (number of singles and age range).

Minimum group size: 10
Maximum group size: 20


What to expect when traveling with an international group - 
Djoser, Inc. (the United States office) has been a Japan tour operator for several years. Djoser, B.V. (the Netherlands office) has been a Japan tour operator for over 25 years. So together we bring vast experience.Most of our trips are arranged in cooperation with Djoser, B.V. in the Netherlands. Because they cater to the voracious travel appetites of the Dutch, we can offer a vast number of programs around the world with hard-to-find itineraries, with numerous departure dates.

On our Japan group tour, you will travel with an international group, with most participants from Holland and Belgium. The international make-up of our groups is the attraction for many regular Djoser travelers and adds another cultural element to the trip. Typically, there are only one to five North Americans per group. You will find that almost all of your fellow travelers have an excellent command of English and most are very willing to socialize. It’s a great idea to extend an invitation to a few travel mates for coffee or a drink early in the trip. They will appreciate your effort and this is a great way to break the ice. It will be easier for them to test out their English skills in a quiet, one-on-one setting. Group members tend to warm up to one another in a day or two. As with every tour group, compatibility has most to do with individual personalities.

The Dutch are experienced and hearty travelers. We attract travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities. No matter their age, Djoser travelers expect, and are up to lots of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever comes our way. The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. You will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel where you will begin the land program with the group.

Tour Leaders & Support Staff

 Our trips are guided by an experienced Netherlands guide who speaks Dutch and English. He or she will be responsible for the organizational and technical aspects of the trip. He/she coordinates with the driver, hotels, and other vendors along the way. The tour leader has extensive travel experience and expertise as well as a comprehensive training.

Our experienced land representatives are situated in the destination country you will visit. We work closely with them and they function as the liaison between our office, the guide, drivers and hotels. They are also available in the case of an emergency and their number will be provided on your emergency contact list.

Climate & Geography

 Since Japan stretches about  1850 miles from North to South, the climate varies and is dependent on where you are traveling and the time of year. Japan has four seasons and the seasons are similar to those in the U.S.. The temperatures of northern Honshu are similar to those of the northern states, and the temperatures of the South Kyushu Honshu and are similar to those of the Southern states. In late March, early April is the time of the cherry blossoms, a time of reflection and celebration for the Japanese. Scheduling a trip to see the cherry blossoms is difficult  because the flowering depends on the temperature and rainfall, therefore occurs at different times. . The spring months of April and May are the most beautiful; the weather starts to warm up and it is mostly dry and there is especially in April to see much blossom. In the autumn is the period from mid-September to mid-November is the best time to travel to Japan. The temperatures are still very pleasant and from mid October the leaves begin to change color already. A magnificent spectacle are the parks and mountains of Japan. The bright red Japanese ash trees are impressive. June, and the beginning of September are rainy. In July and August it is hot and you have to take into account probability of high humidity. During this period, it is still fine to travel if one takes into account the temperature and a few showers.

Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region: Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at worldweather.org

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